17 February 2021

See Goulburn's new $150 million hospital from the sky

| Hannah Sparks
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Aerial view of Clinical Services Building under construction at Goulburn Base Hospital.

The new four-storey Clinical Services Building under construction at Goulburn Base Hospital. Photo: Supplied.

Goulburn will soon catch its first glimpse of the new four-storey Clinical Services Building that is at the centre of the $150 million Goulburn Base Hospital redevelopment.

More than 1450 metres of scaffolding around the building will soon be removed in stages until the complete exterior is revealed.

The Clinical Services Building will provide a new main entry into the hospital and reception; a new emergency department; medical imaging department; intensive care unit; operating theatres; day surgery, recovery and pre-admission areas; medical, surgical, paediatric and geriatric inpatient wards with palliative care beds; and a new maternity and birthing suite.

The redevelopment is taking place on the current Goulburn Base Hospital site, and will also include increased and improved parking and an extension to the Community Health Building for community mental health services.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said the milestone marked another step towards the completion of the redevelopment project.

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“The community will soon be able to see the fantastic progress made on the construction of the new Clinical Services Building, which is on schedule for completion later this year before opening its doors to patients in 2022,” said Ms Tuckerman.

Staff and equipment will need to be relocated to the new building before it can officially open its doors.

Aerial view of Clinical Services Building under construction at Goulburn Base Hospital.

The new Clinical Services Building at Goulburn Base Hospital in the early stages of construction in March 2020. Photo: Supplied.

Builders completed the fourth storey of the Clinical Services Building in September 2020, when NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, NSW Minister for Health and Medical Research Brad Hazzard, and Ms Tuckerman placed a tree on the top storey to mark the milestone.

As a result of the building nearing completion, ‘Cranium’, the 40-metre tower crane that’s become a part of Goulburn’s skyline, will depart the project site almost one year after it arrived.

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The crane was named by Wollondilly Public School student Alex in July 2020, and it has lifted and moved more than 400 tonnes of material during its time in Goulburn.

The one-day operation to dismantle the crane will involve a 130-tonne mobile crane, a crane operator, truck drivers, riggers and traffic control.

More information about the route for Cranium’s departure and any impact on local traffic will be provided in the coming weeks.

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